Today’s Prayer

If I worship you
From fear of Hell, burn me in Hell.
O Lord,
If I worship you
From hope of Paradise, bar me from its gates.
But if I worship you for yourself alone
Then grace me forever the splendor of you Face.

Rabiya al Basri

“One day, she was seen running through the streets of Basra carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When asked what she was doing, she said,”I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to Allah. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of Allah.”

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